Marvin Sordell slams excessive pressure on promising Aston Villa starlet Jack Grealish

Jack Grealish

Colchester's Marvin Sordell has condemned the pressure on Aston Villa's Jack Grealish.

Colchester United striker Marvin Sordell has told BBC Sport that there is too much pressure placed on talented youngsters, particularly Aston Villa's Jack Grealish.

Sordell, 24, rose up through the ranks with Watford, and rose to prominence after signing for Bolton Wanderers in January 2012, before playing for Great Britain at the Olympic Games in London just months later.

Since then though, Sordell's career has nosedived. Goalshy spells with Charlton Athletic and Burnley have led to Sordell dropping down in to League One with Colchester United, where he has hit five goals in 13 games.

As a former Premier League player and ex-England Under-21 international, Sordell knows all about the pressure that comes with being tipped for a bright future, and can also speak of the pitfalls that come from being so highly-rated at such a young age.

Sordell has now spoken to BBC Sport about that matter, and highlighted Aston Villa's Jack Grealish as a player who has far too much pressure on him.

Grealish, 20, has come up through the ranks at Villa and starred last year, but he has made a slow start to this season, and with off-field matters coming in to play - such as his decision to represent England over Ireland - there is plenty of pressure on him to produce.

Sordell has urged people to temper their expectations of Grealish, stating that the excessive pressure can be 'distracting' for young players.

"The amount of pressure that goes on players, young players especially before they've even had a chance to make a proper impact, is unbelievable," said Sordell. "Look at [Aston Villa's] Jack Grealish - people are putting a hell of a lot of pressure on him to perform every week. All he wants to do at his age is carry on playing and keep developing. Same as me even now."

"With that pressure on you to do certain things all the time, it can be distracting from your game because it makes you think you have to do things a certain way, rather than do what's natural or being coached," he added.

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